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At the beginning of the story, Sir Thomas More has an excellent relationship with Henry VIII. Henry has appointed him Lord Chancellor, a position which made More the second most powerful man in England. As the play continues, a rift occurs between Henry and More because More cannot support Henry's divorce from Queen Katherine. At first, More tries to simply remain silent on the issue, but, eventually, he must take a stand. More refuses to swear to support the "Act of Succession" and the "Oath of Supremacy",both of which made Henry head of the Church of England. As a devout Catholic, More cannot support the divorce and the relationship between Henry and More is broken. Eventually, More is executed.
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